Farooq bats for dialogue says repression counterproductive

Farooq bats for dialogue says repression counterproductive

‘Mehbooba should end alliance with BJP’
Srinagar: National Conference president and member of parliament from Srinagar, Dr Farooq Abdullah on Saturday called for immediate resumption of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad and also between New Delhi and  stakeholders within Kashmir “to find a lasting and just solution to the Kashmir issue”.
Addressing party workers at NC headquarters at a function to pay homage to departed NC leader and former MP Ali Mohammad Naik, Abdullah said, the continued failure of India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue has inflicted unimaginable pain and misery on the people of Kashmir.
“You cannot freeze the political issue while our children are being robbed of their future. Both New Delhi and Islamabad owe us a responsibility to resolve this issue as per the sentiments and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir – first and foremost,” Abdullah said.
Stating that New Delhi should rise above ideological politics, Abdullah called for an end to stereotyping of Kashmiris “within the narrow contours of a regressive nationalism versus anti-national narrative”.
“The political problem in Kashmir is far too complex for such broad stroke definitions and merits an open-ended, well-intentioned political engagement with all stakeholders including the leadership of the Hurriyat Conference,” Abdullah stated.
Condemning the recent spate of excesses against youth in
the Valley, Abdullah said, “It is high time that this government understand that the policy of repression unleashed on our youngsters and students will result in further alienation among the youth. It has not worked in past and will surely not work now and not in future. The sensible thing is to do away with anti-youth posturing and policies. Mehbooba Mufti  government  has brought us to the precipice of turmoil and unrest.”
While talking on the recent rebuke by BJP leadership on Mehbooba Mufti’s assurance regarding talks with Hurriyat and other stakeholders, Abdullah said, “The government’s ‘Agenda of the Alliance’ has been proven a hoax – not by anyone else but PDPs ally, the rightwing BJP. Central government has wasted no time in snubbing Mehbooba Mufti. This is an indication of the depths of humiliation and servitude Mehbooba Mufti has subjected the Chief Minister’s chair. The honorable thing left for her is to break this alliance and resign.”

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